Quickly access the Office folders you use most often

Don't struggle through the folder hierarchy to open the files you need most often. Here are two tricks for getting speedy access to your favorite folders.

Opening files from different folders can become tiresome if you click through the folder hierarchy displayed in the Open dialog's Look In control. In fact, it can become downright annoying. One solution is to add frequently used documents or folders to the Object bar (My Places). To do so, launch the Open dialog box, select the folder or file and choose the Add To My Places command from the Tools menu.


Another way is to type the pathname into the File Name control. Then, the next time you want to choose the same folder, simply select it from the File Name control's list. Here's how to do that:

  1. Launch the Open dialog box.
  2. In the File Name control, type the entire path of one of your most often used folders or files and press Enter.


  1. Click Cancel to close the dialog box.
  2. Relaunch the Open dialog box and open the File Name control's list. To select the previously entered path or file, just click.



Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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